|Lot 50. Britain, North Thames Region. Catuvellauni & Trinovantes. Cunobelinus. Ca. A.D. 8-41. AR unit (12 mm, 1.23 g, 3 h). Cunobelinus Sphinx type. CVNO, Draped bust of winged figure right / TASCIO, sphinx seated left. ABC 2870; Van Arsdell 2057; BMC 1874-8; SCBC 313. Scarce. Toned. Slightly irregular flan. Nearly extremely fine.
From the KJG Collection of British Celtic Coins. Ex Rudd 89 (July 2006), 57.
Cuobelinus was the greatest of all late Iron Age kings of Britain, and united the tribes of the Catuvellauni and Trinovantes after conquering the latter. He seems to have conquered Camulodunum and been quite proud of the achievement: no fewer than 44 of the 75 coin types he issued have the name inscribed on them.
Estimate: US$ 500